Four of our beautiful Arizona cities made the *Top 25* of the Safest Cities in America. Congratulations to #10 Gilbert, #17 Chandler, #20 Scottsdale and #25 Peoria! Metrics included Home & Community Safety, Natural-Disaster Risk and Financial Safety.
“To determine where Americans can feel most secure — in more than one sense — WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 42 key indicators of safety.” – Adam McCann | Financial Writer | Nov. 30, 2020
People encounter hazards every day, some serious, others rare and innocuous. We fear certain kinds more than others, though, and COVID-19 is one of the biggest concerns in 2021. A recent Gallup poll found that 49% of Americans are “very” or “somewhat” worried about getting coronavirus, though that number has been as high as 59% in recent months. While COVID-19 has dominated the news this year, Americans still have other dangers to worry about, from mass shootings to riots to traffic accidents.
People can feel unsafe in other ways, too. Aside from the types of hazards that can cause bodily injury or other physical harm, taking out an unaffordable second mortgage, forgoing health insurance or even visiting unsecured websites are also ways people run into danger. One of the biggest worries for many people is the availability of affordable healthcare. In fact, half of all U.S. adults are worried a major health event could lead to bankruptcy.
No one can avoid all danger, however, and we take on a certain level of risk based on where we choose to live. Some cities are simply better at protecting their residents from harm. To determine where Americans can feel most secure — in more than one sense — WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 42 key indicators of safety. Our data set ranges from COVID-19 cases in the past seven days per 100,000 residents and assaults per capita to the unemployment rate and road quality.
The study found and ranked each city based on the following criteria: Home and Community Safety, Natural Disaster Risk & Financial Safety. In total, there were 182 cities included in this study.
For more information, read the full article at Wallet Hub